Transforming the Citadel of Jerusalem Moat into a Visitors Site

​A GLIMPSE INTO OUR NATION’S PAST

WHAT IS THE CITADEL OF  JERUSALEM?                        

The Citadel of Jerusalem, an archaeological site that has been a landmark since ancient times, is a medieval fortress located near the Jaffa Gate that was built to protect Jerusalem, with archeological findings dating from the monarchic period (10th century BCE) through the Ottoman Empire (16th century).  It is surrounded by a dry moat that served as the first line of defense against approaching enemies.  

WHY THE MOAT?                               

  • The moat was built on remains dating back some 3,000 years, reflecting the long and colorful history of the Jewish people in Jerusalem
  • Among the findings are a stone quarry from the First Temple period;  a mikveh from the  first century BCE,  and the remains of monumental steps leading to monumental pools that was part of Herod's palace as well as hundreds of Hasmonean coins

HOW DOES IT WORK?

  • The moat walls and the archaeological remains will be conserved
  • A passageway will be created to enable visitors to walk through the moat without damaging the priceless findings
  • Audio-visual presentations that include general and specific information stations will be created

HOW IS IT UNIQUE?

  • It will give the public a first-hand glimpse of priceless archaeological remains dating to the Davidic dynasty
  • It reflects the long and colorful history of the Jewish people in Jerusalem  

HOW DOES IT HELP?

  • This project will help create public awareness of the deep historical and cultural connection between the Jewish people and its ancient homeland  
  • It will help counter the rising delegitimization of Israel 

HOW YOU CAN HELP? 

It costs $1,048,000* to open the David’s Citadel moat to the public.
Every dollar you contribute will help strengthen public awareness of our historical roots in Jerusalem! Donate now
 
* Kindly contact the Projects Division for updated details on this project. 
A National Heritage Site Project sponsored in cooperation with the Office of the Prime Minister